josh lucas gi 320 Josh Lucas officially joins 'The Firm'; 'Covert Affairs,' 'White Collar,' 'Oprah' finale ratingsToday’s TV snacks include a lead for one of NBC’s new shows, ratings for “Oprah’s” finale and a pair of USA shows and more.

NBC’s midseason series “The Firm” has officially signed Josh Lucas to play its lead role. Lucas, who had been in talks for the part, will play lawyer Mitch McDeere in the show based on John Grisham‘s novel; the story picks up about 10 years after the events of the book and 1994 movie that starred Tom Cruise. [NBC]

We knew it would be big, but here’s how big: The final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” drew 16.4 million viewers — somewhat lower than our early guess, but still more viewers than she had drawn since 1993. [TV by the Numbers]

The season premieres of “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs” were both down from their 2010 debut numbers, but both shows still pulled in pretty solid ratings. “White Collar” drew 3.9 million viewers (down from 4.3 million last July), and “Covert Affairs” followed with 4.55 million (down from 4.9 million). [USA]

TNT has picked up the off-network rights to “Castle” starting in summer
2012. If its programmers are smart, which they seem to be, they will
schedule it with “Bones” and “The Mentalist” for a mega-block of quirky
crime-solvers. [TNT]

Meager ratings for the first two episodes of “Masterchef” have led FOX to shuffle its summer schedule a little. “Masterchef” will move to 9 p.m. ET Mondays starting next week; Tuesday episodes will remain at 8 till July 19, when they move to 9. “Hell’s Kitchen” will premiere at 8 p.m. Monday, July 18, and a new show, “Buried Treasure,” will debut on Wednesday, Aug. 24. [FOX]

Speaking of summer programming: NBC has announced a July 12 premiere for its new game show “It’s Worth What?” The Cedric the Entertainer-hosted show is a little bit like “The Price Is Right,” except contestants are guessing the value of antiques, found items and other things you don’t find at the local retail store. [NBC]

Former “In Plain Sight” star Cristian de la Fuente is hopping over to Syfy for a guest role on “Haven.” He’ll play a seemingly straitlaced banker who is leading a double life. [Syfy]

Posted by:Rick Porter